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What is a nurse practitioner FNP-BC

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           FNP-BC stands for Family Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified. It refers to a nurse practitioner who has completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and has passed a certification exam to become a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP).

           FNPs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who specialize in providing primary care to individuals and families across the lifespan. They are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions, and may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, private practices, and public health agencies.

           To become an FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner must meet the following requirements:


  • Hold a current, active registered nurse (RN) license in the state where they practice.
  • Complete an MSN or DNP program with a focus on family nursing.
  • Pass the certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
  • Maintain certification by completing continuing education requirements.


          FNPs who are board-certified have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the field of family nursing, and may be preferred by employers or patients seeking care from a highly qualified and experienced nurse practitioner.




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